Sermons

Sermons

Overlooking Personal Disobedience

The people of God wanted God to confront rebellious sinners, and they didn’t realize that effort would include them. It is easy to be disgusted with others’ sins while justifying our own. Malachi 2:17-3:5 17 You have wearied the Lord with your words. But you say, “How have we wearied him?” By saying, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delights in them.” Or by asking, “Where is the God of justice?” 3 “Behold, I…

Abandoning Our Families

As people who have been loved by a covenant-keeping God, we ought to keep our covenants to one another in marriage. God hates divorce because of what it does and what it will continue to do.  Consider This To the married, don’t fixate on the catastrophes of others’ divorces so much that you overlook the compromises present in your own marriage. To the divorced, there is no way to avoid your pain, but God can use your story to protect another from similar regret. To the…

Enabling Careless Leaders [10:30]

What happens when those who are leading in worship actually lead others astray? If the religious leaders are careless, the followers will rarely surpass their example. Malachi 2:1-9 2 “And now, O priests, this command is for you. 2 If you will not listen, if you will not take it to heart to give honor to my name, says the Lord of hosts, then I will send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings. Indeed, I have already cursed them, because you do not lay it…

Enabling Careless Leaders [9:00]

What happens when those who are leading in worship actually lead others astray? If the religious leaders are careless, the followers will rarely surpass their example. Malachi 2:1-9 2 “And now, O priests, this command is for you. 2 If you will not listen, if you will not take it to heart to give honor to my name, says the Lord of hosts, then I will send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings. Indeed, I have already cursed them, because you do not lay it…

Withholding Our Best

We tend to give our best to individuals and institutions while unfortunately offering God our leftovers. God is too glorious to present meager offerings before Him. 4 Types of Gifts to the LORD Obligatory Exchange – Some attempt to give a thoughtless gift to God once they feel guilty about something He gave them. Frantic Purchase – Some throw a gift together for God because they are so busy with other priorities. Shiny Packaging – Some give the appearance of…

Doubting God’s Love

We can often look at our unfortunate circumstances and question God’s love for us. The sheer fact that God chose to love us in the first place should alleviate any lingering doubts. Context A major theme of Scripture: We cannot remain in the presence of God when we disobey the commandments of God. During the time of Malachi, Israel had returned from exile yet was still distant from God. The book is comprised of God’s declarations, Israel’s objections, and God’s…

The Progression of Faith

If there is a true profession of faith, there should be a true progression of faith. While you have not arrived at complete spiritual maturity yet, you should be making progress. Evaluate How committed am I to my discipleship? If there is a true profession of faith, there should be a true progression of faith. You cannot take the full credit or give the complete blame for your spiritual condition. Your spiritual health at the end of your life will…

Dependence: Acknowledging Your Desperate Need

In our discipleship efforts, we never reach the point where we can depend upon our own strength. Apart from Jesus, we can do nothing. Distinctive Discipleship – Designing Specific Plans for Christian Maturity Category #6: Dependence “Struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me” (Col. 1:28). Evaluate How responsible am I for my spiritual growth? Two dangerous extremes: Entitled people reject the responsibility for their personal spiritual growth. Independent people assume the responsibility for their personal spiritual…

Discipline: Training Your Soul’s Habits

Every dedicated disciple must employ spiritual disciplines in order to grow for the long haul. Through these disciplines, you train the habits necessary for your soul. Distinctive Discipleship – Designing Specific Plans for Christian Maturity Category #5: Discipline “For this I toil” (Col. 1:29) Evaluate Are you satisfied with your commitment to spiritual disciplines? Spiritual disciplines are premeditated activities that encourage spiritual growth. If we cannot find time for spiritual training, we are investing our lives into something we value…

Development: Cultivating Your Needed Maturity

God has created us for and called us to unique tasks. As particularly gifted and positioned disciples, we each should pursue the needed maturity to do what God has called us to accomplish. Distinctive Discipleship – Designing Specific Plans for Christian Maturity Category #4: Development “present everyone mature” (Col. 1:28) Evaluate Would you label yourself as maturing? You don’t have to be there yet, but you should be getting there. Every believer has been gifted in specific ways requiring distinctive…

Doctrine: Strengthening Your Uncertain Beliefs

While we all know some degree of biblical knowledge, we each should probably know a little bit more by now. Committed disciples need to strengthen any uncertain beliefs by targeted study. Distinctive Discipleship – Designing Specific Plans for Christian Maturity Category #3: Doctrine “teaching everyone with all wisdom” (Col. 1:28). Evaluate How familiar am I with the Word of God? If the Church is ignorant with the Scriptures, why are we surprised that our culture is intolerant? Each of us…

Disobedience: Confronting Your Sinful Leanings

While we all struggle with sin, we are each prone to wander in different ways. For those confronting disobedience in their own lives, God provides a path of escape through every temptation. Distinctive Discipleship – Designing Specific Plans for Christian Maturity Category #2: Disobedience “warning everyone” (Col. 1:28). 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 10 For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, 2 and all were baptized into…